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Share pics quickly on Imgur with a Chrome extension

Love sharing pictures on the Web via Imgur? Now you can do so even faster with this Chrome extension by Metronomik.

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Imgur is one of those sites that becomes a huge time sink if you let it. For some reason, browsing the random photos that people upload is really addictive, and so is reading the comments on said photos.

If you like to share your own images, you probably already know there are four ways to do so: uploading from your computer, putting in a URL, dragging and dropping, or with the paste command. But if you notice that you're often sharing pictures you find online, whether they're in your Facebook Timeline or just random spots on the Web, here's a way to make that process a bit faster.

Grab the Imgur extension for Chrome by Metronomik. Once you have it installed, you'll want to adjust a couple of the Settings. This can be done by clicking the extension on the Chrome toolbar, and then the Settings cog in the upper right-hand corner.

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I think it makes sense to copy the link for the image you're sharing to the clipboard, so you can quickly share it in an instant message or via social media. To do that, just check off the box in the Settings area.

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When you find a photo you want to share from the Web, just right-click it and select the "rehost to" option, and then the respective account. The new tab will open showing the uploaded image and the link will be copied to your clipboard (provided you have both of these options enabled).

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There are two other perks about this extension worth mentioning. First, all photos you share are saved (works best if you connect your Imgur account), so you can easily access their links later with just a click of the extension on your toolbar. And second, you can download all the photos you've shared with a single click.

What do you think? Is this a useful or unnecessary Chrome extension? Share your thoughts in the comments.